bbPress has been getting an extreme AJAX makeover, and things are looking pretty good.
We’re still working on the best user interface, particularly for posting new posts. Firas mentioned the possibility of including a cute spinner à la Technorati. Perhaps a spinner over the post textbox would be best. Something like Owen‘s CanaryComment.
WordPress.com is free as in beer, the software behind it is free as in speech, but my invite ain’t. It’ll cost you a pretty penny: twenty-five of them, to be exact.
Go forth and multiply.
Update: The news keeps on spreading. And if auctions aren’t your thing, try a guessing game!
I’ll be looking around eventually for people with installs to check out their CSS. I’ve contacted one site already about the possibility of including its stylesheet with bbPress as the default. Please feel free to leave your or others’ site(s) here.
The only problem is bbPress can’t count just yet. There’s a few issues we’re working on re: pagination. To know the total number of pages a particular topic spans, for example, you have to know the total number of posts. But how do you define “total”. With things like deleted and bozoed posts in the mix, counting gets tricky depending on what view you’re working with at the moment. And by “tricky” I mean impossible without extra queries.
We’ll need to add some more info into the DB to handle this. topicmeta can handle the number of deleted and bozoed posts, but where to put the number of sticky topics or the number of no-replied, untagged or unresolved topics? Those last queries could use a little benchmarking; maybe we can get away with grabbing them dynamically. But for stickies… would forummeta be useful anywhere else?
Thus saith matt about my precious real ultimate waffe.
Well, it all seems to be square now. Rock on WordPress.com. Rock on.